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Tickets now on sale for Bout at the Ballpark (USA v. Iran and OSU vs. Iowa) at Globe Life Field, Feb. 12

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Tickets are now available to the general public for the first-ever Bout at the Ballpark, an exciting college and international wrestling dual meet event, set for Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on February 12, 2022.

Bout at the Ballpark will include dual matches between Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa and the senior national teams from the United States and Iran.

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The Oklahoma State-Iowa collegiate meet and the United States-Iran exhibition meet will take place simultaneously beginning at 6:30 p.m. on February 12 with bouts from the two competitions alternating throughout the event on two different mats. This will mark the first time a senior-level international meet and an NCAA meet will operate in this format.

The United States and Iran are among the top world powers in international men’s freestyle wrestling. The USA placed second and Iran was third at the recent 2021 Senior World Championships in Oslo, Norway. USA Wrestling won an impressive five men’s freestyle medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, led by two individual Olympic champions, while Iran had two 2020 Olympic men’s freestyle medalists.

The friendly rivalry between the United States and Iran goes back decades. In 1998, a USA Wrestling international men’s freestyle team was the first U.S. sports team to compete in Iran since the Iranian revolution, a period which spanned almost two decades. Since that historic 1998 event, the United States wrestling team has competed in Iran 17 times, while the Iranian wrestling team has wrestled in the USA 16 times. The last time Iran competed in the United States was in 2016 at the World Cup in Los Angeles.

Oklahoma State versus Iowa is one of the most decorated rivalry in college sports. In the current NWCA Coaches poll, Iowa (5-0) is first while Oklahoma State (10-0) ranks sixth. The Cowboys’ 34 NCAA team championships represent the NCAA record for most titles in one sport for any school and the Hawkeyes’ 24 ties for third. This will be the 55th meeting between these storied NCAA wrestling programs with Oklahoma State holding a 29-23-2 advantage.

The two wrestling mats will be located between the areas of pitcher’s mound and second base and will be placed on raised stages to improve sightlines from the seating bowl. Floor seating will be added with the Globe Life Field capacity expected to be at least 27,000 for the matches.

Tickets for Bout at the Ballpark went on sale at 10:00 a.m. CT at Wrestling fans are encouraged to buy tickets right away, to guarantee the best seats.

Bout at the Ballpark will be streamed live by FloWrestling.